No March for Babies walk in Rutherford this spring

Mar. 01, 2013 @ 06:44 AM

For the first time in recent history there will not be a March for Babies walk event in Rutherford County. However, fundraising efforts for March of Dimes will be held at the hospital, schools and some businesses, said Tiffany Gladney, director of communications, March of Dimes, Foothills and Pisgah Division.

"It was a business decision," Gladney said. "We want to make each event as spectacular as possible  . . . to make the Rutherford walk as incredible as we'd like it to be."

Elizabeth Franklin, division director, said the walk will not take place because of staff cuts in the division office. "We apologize, but in these uncertain economic times, we are having to scale back," she said.

Franklin thanked those who have supported the campaign in the past. "We appreciate all you have done to help babies in Rutherford County, across North Carolina and around the world," Franklin said

Last year's campaign raised $33,000, but in years previous to 2012, totals were as much as $70,000 from the Rutherford campaign.

"You can still have make a difference for babies," she said.

Franklin is encouraging individuals, schools, businesses and groups to hold fundraising campaigns.

"We can send you supplies and information to assist your efforts," Franklin said.

She said commitments have already come from Rutherford County Schools, Rutherford Regional Healthcare and Tanner Companies who are planing to conduct in-house campaigns.

Franklin also said fundraisers have an opportunity to quality for March for Babies t-shirts and gifts cards.

"We will take this year by year," Gladney said of the possibilty of future March for Babies walks in Rutherford County. "We really encourage everybody to come out and join these walks,even without a team." 

Although there is not a local walk, Franklin and Gladney encourage people to participate in walks in the area.

April 20: Asheville Pack Square Park, Downtown Asheville;

April 27: Hickory LP Frans Stadium (Home of the Hickory Crawdads), Hickory

October 5: Shelby, Shelby City Park, Sumter St., Shelby